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says he's fairly confident that gop's various factions will unite behind paul ryan as the next speaker of the house. yesterday, ryan told fellow republicans that he would agree to be a candidate if gop members unify behind his candidacy and if they respect his family time. he gave leaders until friday to get back to him. no other potential candidate is seen as having the stature to gather enough support. boehner has scheduled a vote among republican members for next wednesday. hackers allegedly broke into the personal e-mail accounts of top security officials in the u.s., including the head of the cia. two twitter accounts of users who claim they were high school students are linked to the incident.
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wikileaks announced it obtained the contents of john brennan's e-mail account and would release them shortly. jay johnson testified about the hacking on capitol hill today. he may be a victim of the hacking himself. >> the one thing i'll say is don't believe everything you read. >> one of the twitter accounts was suspended yesterday, but the hacker calling himself -- is back up on the social media site today. so far, no arrests have been made. the vatican says reports that the pope has a brain tumor is untrue. a spokesperson says the pope's head is absolutely perfect. the paper cited unnamed nursing sources who claimed francis recently sought treatment from a cancer specialist at a clinic near pisa. the brain lesion can be treated without surgery. a vatican spokesman, though, calls the report unfounded and irresponsible. the paper says it is standing by
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its story. but the brain cancer specialist identified in that italian news report says he never examined the pontiff. and also says the reports are completely false. a defective power window switch has toyota recalling 6 1/2 million vehicles. the company says debris can cause the window's master switch to short circuit and it could catch fire. the recall impacts nine models, including the camry, tundra and sequoia. toyota will notify owners that their car is part of the recall. you can also find more information on the nbc 10 news app. a popular chinese restaurant on the main line is back in business two months after health inspectors shut it down for a roast infestation. customers pour into bryn mawr. citing for failing to control insects and rodents and keeping food in unsanitary conditions.
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customers we spoke with today say they're happy their favorite restaurant is back open. >> no worries. i've been coming for 25 years. it's home. >> we lost a fine restaurant for a while. and we are so blessed to have it back. and i can see by the parking lot that it's quite full already and it's only lunchtime. >> the owners spent $500,000 to clean, repair and repaint the restaurant. thousands of acres of trees, forests and brush in new jersey could go up in flames. local officials tell us, it's a fall fire danger that happens with the change of the season. conditions on the ground right now are dry and campfires are common this time of year. a forest service warden tells us it's the perfect recipe for a forest fire. right now, observers in 21 jersey fire towers are scanning the landscape looking for plumes of smoke. enjoy your campfire, but do it in the right way. >> we recommend 10 to 15-foot clearance around those fires, and just maintaining a constant
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watch and make sure they're out when you're finished with them. >> campfires that aren't fully put out and discarded cigarettes are common causes of forest fires this year. >> and falling leaves this time of year, they can be beautiful but slow patco train travel. officials say leaves create an oily residue on the tracks that can damage wheels. that residue can also make it hard to speed up or slow down. so, starting today, some trains will run at reduced speeds. others will be checked to see if the wheels need repair. riders are invited to a port authority board meeting tonight to ask questions or voice any concerns about this. while correcting dangerous driving behaviors. >> that's the aim of operation safe driver week. about 750 hamilton high school students learned important lessons about sharing the roads with large trucks as part of the teens and trucks program. the day included classroom instruction. they learned about things like blind spots, appropriate following and stopping distances around large trucks and buses,
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and the dangers of distracted driving. >> we're trying to make the images resinate with them. we don't want them texting and driving. we don't want them communicating with other people in their cars. we want them to keep their head in the game and pay attention to what they're doing. >> operation safe driver was created to combat the number of deaths resulting from the large number of crashes from buses and cars. >> well, another spectacular day out there, but, of course, you get too many these days and end up with problems, like the fire danger. it's been unseasonably warm. we've had 12 days in a row without measurable rain in philadelphia and a relatively dry forecast for at least the next five days or so. and we need some rain.
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not exactly great to have it on the weekend. maybe we can have it while people are sleeping. that might work. we've got sunshine out there right now. as we've seen last few days. 75 degrees. the wind is light and it's 4 degrees warmer than it was this time yesterday. and yesterday it was pretty warm. monday was only 55. yesterday, 71. so far today, 75. tomorrow, up to 77 degrees and then we see a big drop. what are we dropping to? closer to the average of 65 degrees. it is even 71 in mt. pocono right now. 76 in allentown, 74 in redding. and pottstown, you can see so many places in the 70s, mt. holly, washington township, 74 degrees 76 in wrightstown. closer to 80-degree mark in a couple of spots tomorrow.
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just a little cooler right at the beaches. a lot of sunshine here, clouds in new york state, but they're not moving in this direction. at the moment, at least, it stays mostly clear and most of the east is clear, as well. so we have high pressure and the southwest wind around it. keeping things warm. there is a cold front up to the north. that is coming down. this is not going to last forever. this 75-degree stuff. it'll be much cooler on friday with the northerly wind, and especially saturday morning. that will be the coldest period and will be close to 40-degree mark and much of philadelphia area and even into the 30s in some of the suburbs. now, the eagles are playing, carolina panthers on sunday night, and whether should be pretty decent there. temperatures in the 60s, most of the cloudy skies, not a whole lot of wind either. and no rain expected.
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the probability is 10% or so. clear, not as cold tonight, 55 for the low in philadelphia, 47 north and west. and then for tomorrow, we have even warmer weather. unseasonably warm, again. more than 10 degrees above average. mix of sun and clouds tomorrow, the winds out of the southwest once again. and the 7-day forecast, friday is much cooler. 62 degrees, and there's the cool morning on saturday, 42 right at center city. but it'll be in the 30s in many of the suburbs. the best chance of any kind of showers over the weekend, late saturday night and early sunday morning. so even if we get any showers sunday, likely to be early in the day and cool, early next week. >> too warm to think about christmas lists? >> never. >> a popular item on your kid's list may not be worth the cash. >> what one jersey shore city is voting to ban and why. plus, pennsylvania's budget nearly four months overdue.
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we're checking into how much longer pre-k programs can operate without funding. then, take a look at this massive scaffolding collapse. traffic workers below. nbc 10 is digging into what caused it to give out coming up on nbc 10 news. vince mazzeo-
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fighting to save atlantic county. chris brown's attacks? the press calls them "embarrassing" political "posturing." the truth? chris brown and will pauls opposed the atlantic city rescue plan, even though it would save thousands of our jobs. we already know they're propped up by north jersey casino interests. and pauls even wanted the vote to allow north jersey casinos "this year." now they brag about helping atlantic county. but there's a word for politicians like that. hypocrite.
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where are we? when are we? >> hill valley, california, at 4:29 p.m. on wednesday, october 21st, 2015. >> 2015? you mean we're in the future? >> future? >> welcome to the future. if you're a movie fan, you probably know what we're talking about. >> happened so fast, didn't it? today, in fact, is "back to the future" day. marks the date marty mcfly, doc brown and jennifer parker traveled to 2015 in the franchise's second installment. and georgetown, delaware, changed its name to hill valley for the day. the fictional town where the
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film takes place. and tonight, there'll be a reenactment, and reenactment of the famous clock tower lightning scene in town square. "back to the future" part ii envisioned 2015 with flying cars and other futuristic dudads. >> the movie did get some things right. >> rejuvenation face masks, news drones, they were all in the films and a reality now. >> the hover board, it hasn't happened yet, but it's coming. in june, toyota revealed a prototype. self-lacing sneakers are coming, too. nike has a patent for a line of shoes with power laces. >> and here's one prediction that could still happen. in the film, the chicago cubs won the 2015 world series. hasn't happened yet, but as we say, it still could. >> they've got some work to do, they need to win the next four
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games, though. >> double ties, though. those did not come about. >> no. not at all. >> well, the money's running out. that's the word from schools in pennsylvania as state leaders fight over a new budget. >> next, nbc 10 talked rather uncovered how this could soon leave hundreds of families searching for new pre-k programs this winter. plus, the musical surprise president obama and the first lady gave usher.
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if you're keeping count, pennsylvania's budget battle is now in its 113th day. and political insiders tell nbc 10, governor wolf and lawmakers are not close to a deal.
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and as the days pass by, schools and organizations that on money from the state are getting more and more worried. a pre-k program in delaware county is one of them. program directors say they are about to run out of cash. nbc 10's lauren with more on the looming deadline that could soon affect hundreds of children. lauren? >> reporter: in the pre-k programs, it sends money trying to make sure that at risk kids, all kids have access to early education. but right now, that money is not coming. and you can only creatively get around that for so long. >> in this classroom, the lessons are basic. >> what do you learn in this class? >> to be nice. >> finding the money to keep these youngsters in school is adult stuff. >> we can't get anything further from our bank because it's all on a collateral basis and we're maxed out with the borrowing ratios.
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>> anthony is vice president of finance for today's child, which runs a pre-k counts program waiting for more than $400,000 in state funding now stalled by the budget impasse. >> the money that you borrowed, how long will that last? >> my forecast has that taking us through mid-december. >> and what happens then? >> then we have to make some hard choices otherwise we shut down pre-k counts program. >> it would be right before the holidays. >> can you even imagine the day when you would have to shut down? >> i can. and that's frightening. >> the ceo here is clearly frustrated. worrying, she tells me, about the kids who would have to stay home. >> the most important thing is what could happen to that child. he's not a number. she's not a number. not when you come to know and love them. if it's your child, they're not a number.
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>> and the folks here at today's child are trying to make the money they have stretch, cutting back on things like playground equipment and hoping that they don't have to cut more. live, nbc 10 news. >> and lawmakers have postponed a vote -- asked for that delay because of budget negotiations. some lawmakers want the money generated from additional gambling to replace the need for a tax hike. some proposals include taxing daily fantasy sports. making headlines on nbc 10 news at 4:00, vice president joe biden announced he will not run for president in 2016. biden made his announcement from the rose garden this afternoon with his wife jill and president obama by his side. the vice president citing the death of his son beau as a major factor in his decision. >> the time necessary to mount that it may very well be that process by the time we get through it closes the window on
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mounting a realistic campaign for president. that it might close. i've concluded it has closed. >> biden sought the nomination in 1988 and '98, but exited both races early. the top candidate backing hillary clinton has released the first paid tv ad. it comes one day before clinton's testimony on benghazi. >> secretary of state, she stood strong for america. traveling almost -- >> the ad accuses the republican-run committee of being an attack vehicle targeting clinton. priorities usa says it has ordered a six-figure ad buy that will air in the early voting states of iowa, new hampshire, south carolina and nevada. new jersey governor chris christie is going to face a challenge tomorrow over a gun control issue. christie recently vetoed a bill
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that requires law enforcement to be notified when someone -- now they want to override that veto. governor christie says he prefers a broader overhaul of mental health issues. we have new video of a massive scaffolding collapse that injured six people in downtown houston. going to see the structure as it came crashing to the ground on friday. it happened at a 7-story apartment complex under construction leaving debris scattered along most of a city block. six workers were taken to the hospital. they're all okay. investigators won't release any information about the investigation yet. but nbc's sources say officials are looking at surveillance video from the surrounding area to try to determine just how this happened. the mother of slain model steenkamp says she has no feelings of revenge toward oscar pistorius. pistorius was released this week after serving less than a year in jail for killing steenkamp. he was sentenced to five years
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for culpable homicide similar to manslaughter in the u.s. june steenkamp spoke at the launch of the reeva steenkamp foundation in south africa and said she did not want pistorius to suffer. she added it was important to forgive completely in order to move on. >> i don't want to hurt him. he's already a disabled person. i didn't want him to be thrown in jail and be suffering because i don't wish suffering on anyone. >> pistorius will be confined to his uncle's home . the texas teenager arrested over a homemade clock says his time in the u.s. is about to end. they are moving to qatar. he made the decision after visiting the white house earlier this week. a foundation in the middle eastern country is footing the bill for his high school and college education. police arrested him last month. after the clock he brought to his school was mistaken for a
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bomb. the boy's muslim family called it a case of religious discrimination. singer usher got a recent birthday gift he will never forget. >> yeah, a song from the president of the united states. listen. ♪ happy birthday to you ♪ happy birthday to you >> the president and mrs. obama serenading usher and surprising him with a cupcake in honor of his 37th birthday. he and his new wife posted a special moment on his facebook page over the weekend. make a wish. >> very nice. >> meantime, president obama is vowing to focus on a problem facing many families in our area. next, the changes the president is making to help fight heroin addiction. plus, customers may love mcdonald's all day breakfast, but it's not as big of a hit for employees. still ahead, the problems following the big switch under the golden arches.
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sobering new research finds
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1 in 3 teenagers admit to getting into a car with a drinking driver just this year alone. the new mothers against drunk driving poll of 15 to 20-year-olds also finds many of the impaired drivers were under 21. one bright spot, 90% of the teenagers say they would try to stop a friend from riding with a drinking driver. today, president obama acknowledged prescription drug abuse is causing pain to millions of families in the u.s. >> outlined a plan to deal with that and the growing number of heroin addicts. at a speech at west virginia this afternoon, he announced steps to improve training for doctors who treat addicts. and the president says he'll make it easier to get drug abuse treatment. but mr. obama admitted those may not be enough. nationally, the number of people using heroin nearly doubled from 2002 to 2013. and when it comes to marijuana, new federal research finds the number of adults smoking his has doubled since 2001.
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it's estimated 9.5% of adults in the u.s. smoked pot in the last year. the biggest abuse among women, blacks, hispanics and those living in the south. plus, the research finds more people 40 and up are getting high from marijuana. tax time is still afew months away. next, the new safeguards that will be in place when you file for your return and how it could impact the speed of that process. plus, it's unseasonably warm outside. but soon, it's back to reality. tracking when cooler temperatures are going to return next in my first alert forecast.
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identity theft seems like a never-ending battle, a crime growing by the day. >> which is why federal and industry leaders are banding together to try to stop it. nbc 10's keith jones is in our digital operations center with details of the plan. >> today, the internal revenue service announced the new push
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to slow the surge in tax refund fraud. they're not wasting any time here. all starts with this year's returns. the irs says 20 new safeguards on 2016 tax returns will flag suspicious forms more quickly. there will also be enhanced information sharing between the feds and tax preparation companies when returns are filed and stricter log-in requirements. the irs plans to monitor how long it takes to complete a return. and checks the electronic address are where the return originated. the irs commissioner has been telling you the new safeguards will not change the time it takes you to file returns electronically. live in the operations center, keith jones, nbc 10 news. >> ups reached a settlement with 14 states including delaware and three city governments after allegations the company overcharged them. the suit alleges ups employees incorrectly recorded delivery times to collect payments from government customers. even though their packages
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arrived late. the practice allowed ups to avoid issuing refunds totaling millions for failing to deliver packages on time. the idea of egg mcmuffins all day long isn't what it's cracked up to be for many mcdonald's owners. some restaurant owners are calling all day breakfast, in fact, a nightmare. in a recent survey, franchisees blame a lack of grill space needed to make burgers and eggs at the same time. and they say it's eating away at the profits because breakfast meals are cheaper than lunch and dinner options. calling the menu change a hit. and they announced the fast food chain will begin selling energy drinks in some locations. now, to compete with mcdonald's, at least one burger king has started serving breakfast all day. the restaurant's in north jersey and offers hash browns. no word about other restaurants doing the same. well, another san diego type
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of day around here. we've had a number of those in the last month or so. but if you get too many san diego-type days in this part of the country, you end up with a drought and the lawns get brown, and a lot of people have some problems. it's unseasonably warm, but it's also dry. 12 days in a row now without measurable rain in philadelphia. and some showers possible over the weekend. but it's certainly not going to be a lot of rain. if it rains at all. we have a lot of sunshine out there. 75 degrees. average high, 65. winds to only 6 miles an hour now and humidity's low and it's warmer than it was yesterday. and yesterday, we got into the 70s. 71 in mt. pocono. 76 in allentown is the warm spot. but you can see practically the entire area is in the 70s except closer to the shore. so, we have 55 on monday, 71 and
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75, 77 tomorrow, friday's going to drop, significantly, but that's still only 3 degrees below average, if we get to 62. we don't have any significant cloud cover around. just high, thin clouds. and you can see back to the west, not a whole lot of moisture there, either. so the temperature's going up and down. first, continues to go up. tonight will not be as cold as the last couple of nights. and during the day tomorrow, with the southwest wind and a warmer start, we're going to be getting closer to 80 degrees. and some clouds, perhaps, moving in later in the day. but 77, 78s, that's pretty warm. for this time of the year. but you see the clouds come down, that's a cold front. and you can also see the wind direction change. so that will allow us to be cooler on friday, temperatures in the 40s in the morning.
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and during the day, doesn't really move up very much. so it'll be in the 50s during much of the day on friday. so we have the mild air getting warm, but the cold air is not that far away. it's really cold up in southern california. cold for canada at this time of the year. we're going to get a piece of that coming down from sunday into monday of next week. and it's just sitting there waiting for any kind of a pattern change that could potentially bring some cold air down here. not yet, but down the road. 55 degrees in philadelphia for the low tonight, 47 north and west with clear skies, again. and tomorrow, mix of sun and clouds, unseasonably warm, highs in the mid to upper 70s, and then the cold front comes through, cools us down for friday.
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not too cold. 62 for the high. without a whole lot of wind. and then saturday morning is the cold one, 42 right in philadelphia, 30s in most of the area. then, if we do get showers, late saturday night and early sunday morning. so, if we do get showers, there's a chance you may sleep through it, and we get cooler air early next week. well, an expensive item on your child's christmas wish list could soon be outlawed. next, the proposed ban that could keep a popular toy out of the sky.
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remote controlled drones are both the hottest toy on christmas wish list and a new tool to help businesses. will you be able to use them by the time they arrive?
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>> the faa wants them away from airports. and now they could be getting power to enforce those guidelines. ted greenberg with more on the proposed change. ted? >> well, long beach township outlawed most drone flying in its community back in may. now ocean city is taking steps to also keep them grounded there. >> above the properties in the air, showing different perspective. >> sweeping and soaring shots of homes he's working to sell, ocean city real estate agent jeff quentin says aerial drone videos help take his marketing efforts to new heights. >> one other tool to get us more exposure. >> but capturing these high-flying images could soon be against the law in this popular resort. >> good news, i think it's necessary. there's no reason for them to be here. >> tomorrow, city council members are set to hold a preliminary vote on a proposed law change that would ban drones
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within 5 miles of the ocean city airport. an area that covers the entire community. >> it's public safety, it's privacy. you know, these drones can go over private property. and because we have the airport, and they can be very dangerous. >> i don't think it should be banned without a doubt. i think they should have some type of rules and regulations, have a commercial license put in place. >> under the plan, violators would face a fine of up to $500 for a first offense. subsequent offenders could be slapped with a maximum fine of $1,000, plus possible jail time. >> who is going to enforce this? >> well, i mean the police will. >> the vote comes nearly two months after a low-flying drone prompted refs at a high school scrimmage to temporarily stop the game. but the mayor says the proposed ban was in the works before that incident. >> the biggest thing was the airport. it's -- the bad outweighs the good right now. real estate, they've been doing things for a lot of years right now. they can use their traditional
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ways. >> now, if approved tomorrow, a second and final vote will come three weeks later, if that also gets the thumbs up, the new ban will go into effect in early december. live at our jersey shore bureau, ted greenberg, nbc 10 news. >> all right, ted. and ocean city isn't the only place you may not be able to fly drones. also banned in new jersey state parks. >> nbc 10 news at 5:00 is next. here's keith jones. next on nbc 10 news at 5:00, students march through the streets of philadelphia. the message they want to send about guns and keeping their schools safe. and we have unseasonably warm weather heading our way before a big cool downgoing into the weekend. i'll show you the numbers and when the cooler air is going to arrive coming up. plus, out of the running, joe biden says he won't join the race for president, but now he plans to take on another campaign. how the vice president is putting the fight against cancer in the spotlight. vince mazzeo-
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fighting to save atlantic county. chris brown's attacks? the press calls them "embarrassing" political "posturing." the truth? chris brown and will pauls opposed the atlantic city rescue plan, even though it would save thousands of our jobs. we already know they're propped up by north jersey casino interests. and pauls even wanted the vote to allow north jersey casinos "this year." now they brag about helping atlantic county. but there's a word for politicians like that. hypocrite.
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right now at 5:00, joe says no. he says he will not run for president. plus, new revelations today from the fraud trial against fattah jr. but first, students on the march. they're taking a stand against guns. nbc 10 news at 5:00 starts right now. and students say they shouldn't have to choose between going to class and staying alive.
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>> this afternoon, they held a march and rally to raise awareness about safety in our schools. sky force 10 captured the scene within the last hour. >> nbc 10's doug shimell spoke with the students today. joining us live now in spring garden. what do they have to say? >> well, you know, if you're a student, you should be facing test anxiety, no the gun anxiety. >> the students and clergy aimed their march at the gun range. his business sits near the community college of philadelphia that was on lockdown two weeks ago during a gun scare. he says he knows college shootings and threats polarize people against shops like his. >> i hate using the word either side. we're all americans here. we shouldn't be divided here. but i open my place up to them, to everyone, to come here and have a discussion. >> he says he met with the march organizers several months about hi

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